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All posts by Kathryn Folliott

Kathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations.

Agents specializing in LGBTQ I do’s make destination wedding dreams come true

When travel agent Robert Townshend can’t shake a particular booking from his memory, you know it was something special. He’s been planning destination weddings for over 20 years and says he saw his LGBTQ destination wedding numbers start to climb back in 2010.
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Agents show resilience in the face of Costco Travel’s alleged extreme rebating

Evidence of the latest threat to the Canadian retail travel sector is probably right in your own wallet. It’s your Costco membership card.
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Millennials – who else? – are fuelling the bleisure trend

Six out of 10 business trips are now ‘bleisure’ trips with vacation days added on. With all those extra vacation days tacked on here and there, are clients starting to cut back on bookings for longer, traditional getaways – the kind that keep leisure-focused travel agencies in business?
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Airlines bump up non-commissionable ancillaries, leaving agents out in the cold

Ancillaries have gone from one-off add-ons to revenue behemoths for the airlines and now, smarting from rising fuel costs, many airlines are opting to bump up ancillaries – most recently, fees for checked baggage – instead of raising base fares.
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Overcapacity concerns, downward pressure on fares? No worries, say Carnival Corp., RCCL

Cruise companies have finally realized that it’s just as important, if not more so, to keep your travel agent partners onside as it is to build up and market your own call centre and direct booking channels.
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Jamaica goes from strength to strength with resorts from Hard Rock, Karisma on the way

TORONTO — Jamaica’s latest visitor stats are impressive on several fronts. The island’s 4.3 million visitors in 2017 – “easily a fantastic year”, says the JTB’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White – included more than half a million first-time visitors to Jamaica.
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Air Canada, WestJet issue travel advisories as Florence, Isaac & Olivia barrel towards land

TORONTO — Hurricane Florence is churning towards the U.S. East Coast as a Category 4 storm as Isaac beelines for the Caribbean and Olivia heads for Hawaii, prompting airlines including Air Canada and WestJet to issue travel advisories and waive change fees for a growing list of destinations.
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Barbados works with partners to make sure new fees don’t put a damper on bookings

Will Barbados’ new US$70 per person Airline Travel & Tourism Development Fee (ATTDF), coming into effect Oct. 1 and following on the heels of two other fees introduced earlier this summer, put a dent in bookings to the Southern Caribbean island?
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Bookings using bitcoin (what is it, anyway?) create new TPI client base

Bitcoin isn’t the only crypto-currency out there, but it’s the best known. You might have heard of it, but like 99.9% of people you’re not sure what it is. In the travel industry, organizations including TPI have started accepting bitcoin, and just a few weeks ago the host agency processed over $75,000 in bitcoin bookings.
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Bookings for one agent’s cruise group come rolling in – from other agencies

Competition can be fierce in this industry but there’s a spirit of collaboration here that is alive and well – from coast to coast, in this case.
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